The resolution calls for a vote on a $4 per semester student fee increase to fund sustainable energy projects on campus and buy power from renewable energy providers.
With numerous questions and concerns voiced by representatives, the debate lasted more than an hour during the meeting.
Details of the possible uses for "green energy" were explained and defended by members of the Student Environmental Action Coalition, who lined the back walls of the meeting room and spilled out into the hall to show their support for the resolution.
SEAC garnered support from UNC's Campus, Energy and Facilities services to place solar panels on the campus's new science complex, which is under preliminary construction. UNC's Energy Sustainability Task Group has committed to outfit the building with solar panels if the money becomes available.
SEAC members said UNC spends $50 million a year on energy, about two-thirds of which comes from coal -- a major concern expressed by the students.